While there has been talk among auto industry folks that Mitsubishi would be leaving the U.S. market soon, the reveal of the 2022 Outlander seems to prove otherwise. Based on the same platform of the all-new Nissan Rogue through the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, this all-new three-row SUV has the makings of a winner.
So, we wanted to talk about five things you should know about the all-new Outlander, as well as share brief spec-to-spec comparison of the Outlander vs. the Rogue. We don’t have all the details on Outlander yet, so we do mean brief, but you can’t ignore the similarities – or the differences.
Base price is $25,795
Outlander will skip the 2021 model year, and head straight to 2022. What we find interesting is it appears there will be a lot of added content without overzealously increasing the price. The outgoing model has a base of $24,895, so the overall increase is just $900.
The 2022 Outlander will be in showrooms starting in April.
Third row is standard
While the Rogue is a two-row only vehicle, the all-new Outlander will come with a standard third row. Because of the compact size of the Outlander, we’re not talking about a generously proportioned third row, but an occasional third row — even more occasional than the Kia Sorento we just tested.
We assume the photos we’re seeing are from the top-tier SEL Touring and SEL trims, but dang, they look good. The reverse stitching and aluminum accents look very up market, and the overall design itself looks very attractive. The horizontal lines are clean and attractive, and the available 9-inch screen has a nice line-of-sight placement as well as a good mix of actual buttons and dials along with the touch-screen activations. An 8-inch center display is standard.
Available 20-inch wheels
As we mentioned above, the fine details for the 2022 Outlander are still a bit sketchy, but we do know there will available 20-inch wheels. We don’t know where they will come into play in the trim lineup or what the standard wheel size will be, but we do know that the Rogue wheels start at 17 inches and go up to 19. So, we wouldn’t be surprised if the base wheel on the Outlander is an 18.
Cool tech features
While we don’t have package or trim-level options just yet, we do know there is a ton of technology available on the 2022 Outlander. First and foremost, the one thing we do know is standard: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. What’s unclear: If it’ll be wired in or wireless, like Rogue. Outlander will also get an available head-up display, My Mitsubishi App connectivity and a 12.3-inch full digital display.
We also see a lot of safety technology included on the new Outlander, and a lot of it we’ve seen on the new Rogue as well. But again, what’s standard versus available is still unclear. Safety features on Outlander include: adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, a 360-degree camera view and automatic reverse braking.
The bottom line on the 2022 Outlander
The 2022 Outlander is a big deal for Mitsubishi, and if pictures don’t lie, this all-new compact SUV has some serious potential. It offers a lot of value added features, has a nicely designed interior and offers a (very) occasional third row.
We loved the 2021 Nissan Rogue, so if that’s any indicator, the all-new Outlander should be pretty good as well.
|2021 Nissan Rogue||2022 Mitsubishi Outlander|
|Passenger configuration||2-row, 5-passenger||3-row, 7-passenger|
|Drive configuration||FWD or enhanced Intelligent AWD||FWD or Super All-Wheel Control 4WD|
|Engine||2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with Direct Injection||2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with Direct Injection|
|Horsepower||181 hp @ 6,000 rpm||181 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||181 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm||181 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm|
|Transmission||Xtronic CVT||8-sp sport mode CVT|
|Wheels||17-, 18- or 19-inch aluminum-alloy||Available 20-inch|
|Overall length||183.0 in.||185.4|
|Overall width w/roof rack||72.4 in.||73.3|
|Overall height||66.9 in.||68.8|
|Grade levels||S, SV, SL and new Platinum – each offered in front-wheel and all-wheel drive||ES, SE, SEL Touring, SEL|